Director, Open Society Foundation, African Region

L. Muthoni Wanyeki is the regional director of the Open Society Foundations’ Africa Regional Office. Prior to this, she served as a member and chair of the Open Society Justice Initiative’s advisory board.

Prior to joining the Open Society Foundations, Wanyeki was Amnesty International’s regional director for East Africa, the Horn, and the Great Lakes (2014-17). She served as executive director of the Kenya Human Rights Commission (2007-11), and executive director of the African Women’s Development and Communication Network (1999-2006). She has served as an advisor/board member for many organizations, including the African Leadership Centre of King’s College London and the University of Nairobi. She was a columnist for the East African, (2003-18) and is now a columnist for the East African Review.

Wanyeki has a BA (Hons) in political science and French from the University of New Brunswick in Canada, an MPA (cum laude) from L’Institut d’etudes politiques (Sciences Po) in France, and completed her PhD in politics and international studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London. Her research has focused on the African Union’s right to intervene and the meaning, in practice, of the notion of “African solutions to African problems.”